Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Egypt: Al-Nour OK's Interim PM Nominee

 Jerusalem Post 
Egypt's Nour Party, the country's second-biggest Islamist movement after the Muslim Brotherhood, said
on Tuesday it would accept the choice of former finance minister Samir Radwan as interim prime minister.

Nour Party spokesman Nader Bakkar told Reuters the party would accept Radwan because he met the party's criteria for an interim prime minister. Political sources said on Monday that Radwan had emerged as the favourite for the post.

The military-backed transitional administration is keen to win Nour's support for a new government to show it is acceptable to Islamists after the army toppled the Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi last week.

Wikipedia  Samir Radwan (Arabic: سمير رضوان‎) is an Egyptian politician, the Former Minister of the Finance, appointed at the end of January 2011 by Hosni Mubarak. He is an economist with a liberal viewpoint, interested in employment and human development issues.[1]
Radwan received his BSc from Cairo University, moving onto the School of Oriental and African Studies for an MSc in the economics of underdeveloped countries -- his thesis was on import substitution industrialization -- and the University of London for a PhD on capital formation in Egyptian industry and agriculture from 1882 to 1967, marking the British occupation of Egypt and the Arabs' defeat in the Six Day War with Israel, respectively. The process, as well as facilitating epistemological growth, enabled him to empathize with such figures as Mohammed Ali, ruler of Egypt, and the nationalist industrial entrepreneur Talaat Harb. His work at the International Labour Organization (ILO), on the other hand - the last position he held there was that of adviser to the director general on development policies and counsellor on Arab countries - served the dual purpose of earning him an international professional standing while keeping him, through one project after another, in more or less direct contact with Egypt: "I never really thought of myself as an expatriate."[2]

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